Just like how the saying goes, “There’s time for everything, a time to reap and a time to sow”. The same goes for your house, there’ll come a time when you’ll consider selling – whether you’re relocating, upsizing, downsizing or preparing for retirement. Whatever the reason, if you want to put your house for sale, you want it sold quickly and for a fair price.

Why prepare your house for sale?

Selling a house isn’t easy work, especially if you’re doing it for the first time. You’ll have home showings, appraisals, home inspections and negotiations to deal with. But, before all of that could even happen, first… you need to prepare your house for sale

Getting your property ready for sale will help you with selling for a higher price. Houses that are clean, presentable and with little to no repairs merit a higher value. With the house in good condition, repairs and heavy maintenance won’t cost a potential home buyer much and for that, buyers are willing to pay a premium

A prepared house, all in all, is more marketable, more likely to sell fast and more likely to get better offers. Remember, yours won’t be the only house on the market and house prices today are fairly competitive. So it’s important to put your best foot forward as you enter the real estate market as a seller.

5 Steps to Prepare Your House for Sale

Roll up your sleeves because it’s time to put in some elbow work. Here are the 5 most essential things to do to prepare your house for sale. The general rule of thumb’s to allow yourself a month to prepare your property for sale, especially if you’re looking at a number of repairs.

  1. Repair necessary areas

Your house preparation should start with a big step of making the necessary, obvious and large-scale repairs. Consider roof repairs, for instance. Look at any signs that the roof’s starting to wear, such as roof leaks and shingle damages. And think of the floors, doors and windows. Check to see if there are any issues with plumbing, ventilation, fixtures and painting where necessary.

Prioritize the most crucial and obvious damage. It’ll also help to pay attention to the numbers behind these repairs or renovations to ensure that you’re spending your money wisely.

     2. Declutter

Start by going through your closets, cabinets and drawers – from your bedrooms to the kitchen – and pull out anything you no longer need. Donate the clothes and toys your family haven’t worn or used in recent years. Purge artworks and broken electronics. Sell furniture you no longer need or temporarily put them in storage. While you’re at it, you may also challenge yourself and your family to apply the famous KonMari Method, an organizing technique developed by Marie Kondo that centers around eliminating things you no longer need. 

The goal in this second step’s to downsize your belongings for the move and to minimize your possessions at home. While decorations can help, too many could be distracting. Essentially, the more spacious your home looks, the better. This also gives buyers an opportunity to appreciate the architectural details of your house and allow them the freedom to visualize themselves living there.

    3. Deep clean

Home buyers are looking forward to a fresh start when they buy a home and this is what your house should offer. Thus, when you’re selling your house, you’ll want to give it a deep clean for a much fresher feel. A deep clean will make the house feel new and smell good. 

Consider hiring professionals to clean the carpets, windows and floors. If you’re doing it yourself, give yourself enough time to finish. 

    4. Level up curb appeal

When you’re selling a house, the outdoor’s just as important as the interior. Have a stroll outside and assess the exterior of your house. The exterior gives the first impression on your property and you want to make it a good one. 

Don’t forget the yard when you’re working on the curb appeal. To start, mow, trim and weed the garden. You can also repaint your front door, place flowers and plants, upgrade your garage door, or display address numbers to your house. These are the details that could instantly update the look of your property and get buyers fascinated.

   5. Make the final touches

Finally, the final touches for the little details: fresh flowers in the bathroom, cute welcome mat on the front door, table runners and the scent in your house. These are the tiny details that’ll make your property feel like a home to potential buyers. 

Bonus Tip: Prepare Yourself and Your Family

Let go of the emotional ties you have with the house. Treasure the memories you cultivated there and bring them as you prepare for the next chapter together in your new home. Keep your emotions in check and focus on the business aspect of selling your house.

As you enter the real estate market as a seller, you can ease up the process by seeking help from professionals. You can get help from a realtor to help you with the listing and guidance from a trusted mortgage broker to properly seal off your mortgage with the house for the next buyer

Daisy Raouph is a mortgage broker and financial security advisor in the Greater Toronto Area, who’ll help you make the most of your mortgage options. Call us today!